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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 13/7/2019 to Friday 19/7/2019



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Mental health TV shows - Saturday 13/7/2019 to Friday 19/7/2019


10pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Mother, 5 USA. An eminent forensic psychiatrist is found beaten up and left for dead in a drug den. Benson and Stabler overcome the restrictions posed by doctor-patient confidentiality to uncover the link between the attack and an unsolved homicide.

Hard-hitting drama, starring Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay and Dann Florek.

10pm, Ghost Asylum, Discovery Science. Apparent hauntings at abandoned mental homes

11pm, Lewis - Down Among the Fearful, ITV 3. When psychologist Reuben Beatty is murdered while moonlighting as a psychic, Lewis and Hathaway struggle to unravel the victim's baffling double life. Dark forces appear to be at work, and not just in the afterlife.

Sanjeev Bhaskar guest stars, with Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman and Rebecca Front.

1.30am, Iris, BBC 2. True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

1:30am, The Protectors - For the Rest of Your Natural, ITV 4. The Contessa is kidnapped by an escaped mental patient.

2.50am, Hannibal, 5 USA. FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford asks psychological criminal profiler Will Graham to consult on a case of missing college girls. The duo interview the parents of the latest youngster to disappear, only to discover her body has been returned to her bedroom.


11:30am, Dr Sanjay Gupta, the CNN news channel. General health magazine show, often has mental health items

2pm, UFO - The Computer Affair, Forces TV. Gerry Anderson series. Flying saucers are abducting Humans and killing people etc (choosing remote locations so as not to be noticed). The United Nations (or similar) finds out - but decides that publicity will spread mass panic. So instead decides to set up a Top Secret international defence force - SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation)

In this one, Interceptor craft based on the Moon are sent to frustrate a lone UFO attack against the Earth - but one collides with the UFO, killing the pilot. Lieutenant Ellis was giving the pilots their evasion instructions and commander Straker suspects that she sacrificed one pilot to spare another. Psychological tests on her and the spared pilot are processed by a computer.

11:40pm, The Truth About : Medicine, BBC 1. Dr Chris Van Tulleken calls on the British public to seek out the truth about the top-selling over-the-counter medicines. We spend an astonishing £2.3 billion on pills, potions and lotions from the chemist's shop every year.


1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


9pm, Harrow - Abo Imo Pectore ("from the bottom of my heart"), Alibi. Dr Harrow recovers from a near-fatal shooting and returns to work, investigating the puzzle of a mother's psychotic episode while trying to work out who shot him.

10pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Home, 5 USA. A bystander is killed in a robbery, traumatising his mentally ill wife, who is later suspected of physically abusing their child. The police take the youngster into protective custody, but a lack of evidence forces them to return him home - with tragic consequences.

Crime drama, starring Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay.

11pm, Takin' Over the Asylum, BBC Scotland. Drama serial set in a psychiatric hospital.


10:25am, The Purple Plain, Talking Pictures TV. A Canadian squadron leader's increasingly strange behaviour begins to worry the officers of an RAF station deep in the Burmese jungle. There is further concern when the unstable pilot crashes his plane miles from the base, forcing him to make an exhausting trek back to safety.

Second World War drama, starring Gregory Peck, Bernard Lee, Brenda de Banzi and Maurice Denham.

5:30pm, Leading Women, CNN. Profiling current influential women who have made it to the top in their fields. Leading Women connects you to extraordinary women of our time. Each month, we meet two women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas.

Watch online - http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/leading-women/

8pm, GPs: Behind Closed Doors, Channel 5. The GPs speak to a man whose family is struggling to cope with his self-harm and suicidal thoughts

10:05pm, Foyle's War - Broken Souls, ITV 3. When an unpopular employee at a military psychiatric hospital is found murdered, there is no shortage of suspects, but a colleague of the man, an exiled Polish Jew, holds himself responsible for the death. Foyle is convinced there is another explanation, but his priorities shift when news of a missing boy from London reaches Hastings.

Starring Michael Kitchen, Phyllida Law and Nicholas Woodeson.

11pm, Dark Matters: Twisted but True - Lindbergh; American Nazi; Suicide Song; Living Organ Donor, Discovery History channel.

Suicide Song - can particular musical harmonics cause depression in some people? (Yes - so therefore other musical harmonics can lift the mood too)


Lindbergh : American Nazi - how naive US aviator Charles Lindbergh initially supported Hitler due to the idea that removing "weak" people would make the remainder stronger.

Living Organ Donor - why scientists were keen to get their hands on wilderness frontiersman Alexis St Martin (he was shot in the stomach in a hunting accident but survived - and thereby unwittingly led to discoveries over food digestion because his stomach could be fully studied via the injury!)


8:30am, Dr Sanjay Gupta, the CNN news channel. General health magazine show, often has mental health items

2:15pm, The Narcissist (aka My Mother's Killer Boyfriend), Channel 5. Impressionable single mother Nicole is set up on a date with widower Jonathan, a charismatic and handsome professor, and is immediately swept off her feet. But as the romance blossoms she begins to question whether her new beau is in fact the tragic widower he portrays himself to be or whether she has fallen for a master manipulator.

"Gaslighting" thriller, starring Amber Goldfarb and Damon Runyan.

9pm, Catch-22, Channel 4. Mini-series with George Clooney during WW2 in USAF bombing Germany.

From the concept Catch 22 : a sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers is the sign of a rational mind. Therefore a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions - but a request to be removed from duty (to avoid the danger) is evidence of sanity (since recognising the obvious danger) and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

10:55pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Conscience, 5 USA. Benson and Stabler arrest a psychiatrist who has taken the law into his own hands and avenged his young son's death at the hands of another child. The case against him seems open and shut - but he mounts a clever defence, using his professional expertise in a bid to escape punishment.

With guest star Kyle MacLachlan.

12am, In Therapy - Kerry Katona, Channel 5

1am, My Crazy Ex, Lifetime channel.


4pm, Star Trek: Voyager - Workforce - part 1, Syfy. After Voyager hits a mine, the crew find themselves working on a very busy alien planet (which has a labour shortage) with no recollection of their previous lives - and anyone who begins to recollect is sent to a mental home as cover.

(Ralph Malph from Happy Days is the main villain - actor Don Most - remember him?)

At this stage of the series the holographic Doctor can become a substitute Captain too - watch his uniform change from green to red when that happens. And meanwhile Seven Of Nine the reclaimed Borg is assigned her old Human name (Annika Hansen) by the abductors to further confuse her when she starts to suspect.

(Part 2 immediately follows at 5pm)

9pm, My Strange Addiction, Discovery Home and Health channel

9.30pm, My Strange Addiction, Discovery Home and Health channel

11pm, Dark Matters: Twisted but True : Resurrection Row; Operation Brainwash; Rabid Roulette, Discovery History channel

Operation Brainwash - the unethical experiments of psychiatrist Donald Cameron

(Operation Brexit - the unethical experiment of psycho David Cameron)


Resurrection Row - how hospital resuscitation techniques were pioneered by a man who first tried to use them on the executed on Death Row.

Rabid Roulette - how Louis Pasteur risked the life of a child to prove that his rabies vaccine worked.


8.30am, Frasier, Channel 4. The psychiatrist abandons his bar-propping in Boston (a heavily Irish descendant city in the north eastern USA) in favour of presenting a radio show in Seattle (a more Hippie influenced city in the north west). However, his new life is thrown into upheaval when his father moves in with him - followed by his apparently psychic care assistant Daphne.

(There are just over 260 episodes and it runs in double-bills at 9am daily)

11.10am, The Mentalist, 5 USA. American drama series based on the work of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Once a fraudulent celebrity psychic, he uses his skills of observation and understanding of human behaviour to help the CBI to solve its most serious crimes.
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